“It's always rubbed me the wrong way when people put Brad down and refer to me as the lead guitarist... Some of the best solos in our catalog are ones Brad did”: Joe Perry says it’s time to stop calling Brad Whitford a rhythm guitarist

Brad Whitford (left) and Joe Perry perform onstage
(Image credit: Kevin Mazur / Getty Images)

Joe Perry has said that he’s never understood why people describe him as Aerosmith’s lead guitarist, noting some of the “best solos in our catalog” came from his co-guitarist, Brad Whitford.

Both players are interviewed about Aerosmith’s 50-year wild ride in the new issue of Guitar World, which features an extensive exploration of their (somewhat bumpy) journey to rock guitar’s highest echelons.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.

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